2020-21 Student Handbook

Issaquah School District #411

Echo Glen School Student Handbook

Information

Welcome

On behalf of the Echo Glen School staff, we would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year! Our goal is to provide a safe, caring, positive environment where ALL students can learn. We strongly encourage you to pursue excellence in your academic studies, become actively engaged in the co-curricular programs that our school has to offer, and treat everyone at Echo Glen School with respect and kindness. This handbook includes our policies, procedures, and important information. Please refer to the handbook when questions arise. You may also refer to the Echo Glen School website for updated contact information for staff, teacher websites, event dates, and more.

 

This handbook is intended to help you and school staff make decisions that will benefit you as you transition through and out of Echo Glen School and back to your community. Everything we do is designed to promote your educational progress. We believe this school and staff can make a difference in your life while you are here and after you leave. The staff will be of great help to you if you allow them the opportunity to share what they know and to assist you in making plans for life after Echo Glen. Our programs and supports are designed with input from many sources. We require your cooperation and participation to make the best decisions about your progress. Your input will be gathered and you will be held responsible for your choices and actions. We are here to help make your time and efforts in school valuable.

 

Please note: because of the public health crisis that the Issaquah School District continues to respond to, items in this 20-21 handbook may be subject to change.  In particular, operational items may change.  We will keep you up to date about changes to items (like our athletics calendar) through our usual communications channels.  These include E news, email to the email address you have given to us in Skyward, and our school website.  We thank you in advance for reading and listening as we continue to monitor and adjust throughout the year to the changing conditions.

 

Equitable Conduct Expectations

The Issaquah School District values equity, diversity, and inclusion. The district is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming school community. Our district and community are made up of people of different backgrounds, needs and perspectives. Our learning community includes people of varying races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, religions, ages, languages, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expressions or identities.

Student expectations include:

  • Respect each individual, even if that person’s identity is different from your own.
  • Seek to understand your impact on others while seeking to understand other’s intent.
  • Communicate respectfully with others in person, on social media and in any other form.
  • Use what you are learning to use good judgment and make ethical and informed decisions.
  • Take responsibility for your words and actions.

We all have a responsibility to report behavior that interferes with having an equitable and inclusive learning environment that honors and respects people of all identities. If you become aware of any actions that violate the expectations above, we encourage you to speak up through one or more of the following ways:

  • Tell a teacher, staff member or other trusted adult immediately.
  • If you are comfortable and safe doing so, speak up in the moment to encourage more equitable and inclusive talk or action, and/or support those being hurt.

 

General School Policies and Procedures

 

Academic Progress

Course grades are updated regularly on Family Access for each course taken. Please log in to the Family Access system to view attendance and academic progress for your student. For questions on logging in to Family Access, please ask the school registrar.

Assembly Behavior

 

Assemblies are an integral part of the school curriculum and have an educational value, therefore, attendance at assemblies is required. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that demonstrates respect for those speaking or performing as well as those in attendance. Students who misbehave at assemblies may be removed from the assembly by an administrator and subject to corrective action.

 

Computer/Technology Use

The District encourages information dissemination, collaboration, innovation, and experimentation through the ethical use of technology. The District requires its staff and students to adhere strictly to District Regulations and laws governing technological hardware and software. In cases involving any activity prohibited by District Regulation and/or law, rights accorded to persons by the District, such as privacy, do not protect an individual from corrective action and/or prosecution. Complete copies of Regulations 2022 and 5225 may be obtained at any school or on the District website at www.issaquah.wednet.edu. 

 

Computers are to be used for academic purposes only. No games, audio files, video files, or other applications may be downloaded or installed without permission of the site administrator or designee. Every student using a District computer is required to have a parent/guardian sign a Responsible Use Agreement. This form acknowledges the right of the District to review material stored on its network, as well as the wide range of information accessible through public networks. It also releases the District from liability for any damages due to information gained or obtained through the District network, including access to public networks.

Counseling Services

 

Students will be assigned to an academic counselor, principal, or designee for academic monitoring. Arrangements to see an academic counselor, principal, or designee may be made by appointment.

 

Counseling services include:

 

  • Academic planning
  • Maintenance of academic records
  • Classroom presentations
  • Individual and group post-high school planning, career counseling and guidance
  • Consultations with teachers/parents to assist  in discussions of learning and  performance challenges and working to resolve academic  problems
  • Coordination and provision of information for drug/alcohol intervention and assessments
  • Consultation on personal issues for students
  • Parent and student interventions for academic concerns
  • Consultation and referral to Child Protective  Services, law enforcement and referrals to community  agencies

     

    Please visit the Echo Glen School website to access the following:

     

  • Post high school planning options
  • Information on all in and outside credit completion options
  • Comprehensive course requirement planning guides and instructions
  • Graduation requirements
  • High School and Beyond Plan
  • Scholarship information
  • Career and Apprenticeship information

    Course Change Policy

     

    Changes to student schedules create an impact on many other courses, and therefore will only be made on a limited basis. Therefore, Administration has established the following schedule change policy to promote academic success for students.

     

    Student/Parent initiated schedule change requests must be submitted. Replacement of approved dropped courses will be at the discretion of the Administration, based on availability of seats in courses being taught during the same class period. 

     

    Valid reason for student/parent-initiated schedule changes are strictly limited to:

     

  • Duplicate period error (i.e., two classes during the same period are listed on your schedule)
  • Incomplete schedule (i.e., missing class period(s) on your schedule)
  • A senior missing a class required for graduation
  • Inappropriate academic placement (e.g., you are in Algebra 2, but have not taken Geometry)
  • A student has a physical/medical reason or therapeutic reason, documented by a medical professional, that prevents participation in class

     

    Note: if a student/parent-initiated schedule change is made, the student is required to complete all assignments from the start of the semester in the new class. Students will be required to work with their new teacher to accomplish this goal. If the student chooses not to complete an assignment, a “0” will be entered in the gradebook for that assignment, therefore negatively affected the grade in the new class. 

     

    Teacher initiated schedule changes may be made when a teacher recommends a student be moved from one level to another within the same subject area. The teacher will contact the student’s parent to discuss the change and, if agreed upon, the teacher will contact the student’s administrator to recommend the change. Students will follow their original schedule until they are notified the change has been made.

     

    Distribution of Printed Materials on School Grounds

     

    In respect for the rights and beliefs of all of our students, you must obtain prior approval from the office of the Operations Coordinator before you or your student attempt to hand out any printed information, including invitations, to students or staff on school grounds. If you wish to post information on the school’s community bulletin board or other area set aside for this purpose, please contact your principal for approval. Guidelines for distribution of material on school grounds are included in Regulations 2340 and 4320. A complete copy of these policies may be obtained at any school or on the District website at  www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

     

    Drug Free Zones

     

    Schools in the Issaquah School District are protected as drug free zones, as established by the City of Issaquah and King County. Drug free zones provide for possible double penalties for anyone caught trafficking controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a designated school, school bus stop or public park.

     

    Good Neighbor Policy

     

    The District wishes to maintain positive relationships with our neighbors. Students are to avoid trespassing on neighbors’ property, littering, and loitering in the street near their homes. Students with off-campus passes who leave during the school day are to avoid congregating in the neighborhood streets bordering the school.

     

    Graduation Requirements

     

    Please refer to the Echo Glen School website and Issaquah School District Regulation 2410 and Procedure 2410P for specific graduation requirement information and programs. You will find information on:

     

  • Credit Requirements
  • College in the High School
  • Equivalency
  • High School Credit for 7th and 8th grade students
  • Tech Prep
  • Waivers
  • Credit Options Outside of Issaquah School District
  • Grade Improvement
  • State High School Transcript

    Homework

    Homework, as an extension of the classroom, must be planned and organized, be purposeful to the students, and evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner. The purpose of homework assignments, the basis for evaluating the work performed and the guidelines and/or rules should be made clear to the student at the time of the assignment. Students should talk to their classroom teachers with any questions about assignments or grades for a course. A complete copy of Regulation 2422 and related Regulations are available on the District’s  website.

    Inspection, Search and Seizure

     

    Students are entitled to the guarantees of the Fourth Amendment and shall be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. However, school officials have the responsibility of maintaining a safe environment and are empowered to conduct a reasonable search of a student, of his/her personal property, and of school property when there is reasonable and individualized cause or grounds for suspecting or believing that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. A search is required when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a student has a firearm on school grounds, school transportation or at school events. Any search conducted must comply with applicable laws. School property shall remain under the control of school officials and shall be subject to search. Echo Glen Children’s Center conducts inspection, search, and seizure independently of Echo Glen School. More information about Echo Glen Children’s Center can be found at their website.

     

    Searches of Students and Personal Property

    Any search of a student conducted by a District employee must be reasonably related to the discovery of contraband or other evidence based upon an individualized suspicion of the student's violation of the law or school rules.

     

    The term “contraband” means items, materials, or substances the possession of which is prohibited by law or District Regulation, including but not limited to, controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, nicotine delivering device, or any object that can reasonably be considered a firearm or a dangerous weapon.

     

    Additional information regarding student privacy and searches may be found in Regulation 3230 and Procedure 3230P.

    Medication Administration at School

     

    Washington State Law and Issaquah School District Policy require that schools have written authorization from a licensed healthcare provider and parent on file yearly when a child needs to take medication during the school day. Students are permitted to carry medication and self-administer at the high school level when the physician and the parent have requested self-administration in writing and the request has been approved by the school nurse. High school students may be allowed to carry and self-administer over-the-counter medication when authorized by the parent and school nurse. All medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container. Students who carry and self-administer medication must carry only one daily dose in an original pharmacy container.

     

    The Authorization for Administration of Medication at High School form is available in the main school office and on the Issaquah School District website at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/health.

     

    Additional information and requirements related to the administration of medication at school may be found in District Regulations and Procedures 3416 and 3416P (Medication at School), 3417 and 3417P (Catheterization), 3419 and 3419P (Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications), and 3420 and 3420P (Anaphylaxis).

     

    Echo Glen Children’s Center administers medication to students off school grounds. Information about Echo Glen Children’s Center can be found at their website.

     

    Student Dress Code

    Appropriate clothing in a school or at school events contributes to a positive and quality environment at school, thus student clothing must be appropriate for an academic atmosphere. Students dress and grooming may not:

     

  • Disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from school activities.
  • Create a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others. For example, students are always required to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Promote by printed word or symbol the use of illegal substances or other prohibited activities, including but not limited to intimidation, harassment, sexual innuendo, vulgarity, and obscenities.

    If school officials reasonably believe a student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the principal or designee will ask the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student refuses, the student is subject to corrective action. See District Regulation 3224.

     

    Students enrolled at Echo Glen School are also subject to Echo Glen Children’s Center dress code policies and practices.

     

    Student Rights and Responsibilities

     

    Students are entitled to the rights of all people as set forth in the Constitution and laws of the United States; the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington; the law regarding equal education opportunity; First Amendment rights to freedom of press, speech, peaceable assembly and petition; and the right to be secure in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of the District. These rights are subject to the District’s authority to make reasonable rules and regulations to maintain the educational process.

     

    Students with Special Health Care Needs

     

    Students with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting, severe food allergies, severe asthma, diabetes, seizures, etc., are required to have a medication or treatment order and nursing care plan in place before they start school each year. If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the chief administrator of the school is required to exclude the child until such order has been provided. This requirement applies to students with a life-threatening condition who are new to the district and students who are already attending the school. Contact Echo Glen Children’s Center discuss your child’s healthcare needs at school.

     

    For additional information and requirements related to life-threatening health conditions, please see Regulation 3413 and Procedure 3413P.

     

    Visitors

     

    During the school day, only parents, adult relatives, volunteers and invited guests are allowed to visit District schools. Parents, adult relatives, volunteers and invited guests will continue to have access to all District schools before and after the school day in order to confer with and directly assist teachers, staff and students, provide support for District programs and observe or participate in school sponsored activities.

     

    Parents, adult relatives, volunteers and invited guests visiting a school during the school day must register at the school’s office upon arrival, must comply with any safety procedures and directives indicated by the principal, and must not engage in any activity or behavior which is disruptive to the educational process. Additional information and requirement related to visitors at school are in Regulation 4311 and Procedure 4311P.

     

    All visitors must be preapproved through Echo Glen Children’s Center. Information about Echo Glen Children’s Center can be found at their website.

     

    Attendance Policies and Procedures

     

    Attendance

     

    Washington state law requires that all students between 8 years of age and 18 attend school full-time, unless the student is excused from full-time attendance or meets certain exceptions. Parents are expected to ensure regular school attendance by their children. As provided in Regulation 3122, regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students. Daily attendance and active participation in each class are critical parts of the learning process. Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, has a negative impact on academic achievement and graduation and can increase drop-out rates.

     

    Students are expected to attend all classes each day. Teachers shall keep an accurate record of absences and tardiness. Students will be marked absent when they have an absence for any full class period. As used in this handbook, an “absence” means a student is (a) not physically present on school grounds, and (b) not participating in the following activities at an approved location: instruction, any instruction-related activity, or any other district or school approved activity that is regulated by an instructional/academic accountability system, such as participation in District-sponsored sports.  A “full-day absence” is when a student is marked absent for fifty-percent or more of their scheduled day.  A ”tardy” is non-attendance for less than a full class period.

     

    Parents will be informed when their student(s) misses one or more periods. Students participating in a co/extra-curricular activity must be in attendance in all periods, as assigned, to be eligible for participation in the activity or event.

     

    Excused absences are absences due to:

     

  • Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental, optometry, pregnancy, and in-patient or out-patient treatment for chemical dependency or mental health) for the student or person for whom the student is legally responsible;
  • Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
  • Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
  • Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury;
  • Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
  • State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
  • Absence directly related to the student’s homeless or foster care/dependency status;
  • Absences due to suspensions, expulsions, or emergency expulsions imposed pursuant to Chapter 392-400 WAC if the student is not receiving educational services and is not enrolled in a qualifying “course of study” activities as defined in WAC 392-121-107; 
  • Absences due to student safety concerns, including absences related to threats, assault, or bullying;
  • Absences due to a student’s migrant status; and
  • An activity that is consistent with District policy and is mutually agreed upon by the principal (or designee) and a parent or emancipated youth.

    A school principal or designee has the authority to determine if any absence meets the above criteria for an excused absence. The principal or designee may only grant permission for a student’s absence providing such absence does not adversely affect the student’s educational process.

     

    Verification: Parents are expected to notify the school office by 8:00 AM of the day following the absence or send a signed note of explanation with the student upon the student’s return to school. Adult students or emancipated students must notify the school office of their absences with a signed note of explanation. If attendance is taken electronically, either for a course conducted online or for students physically within the District, an absence defaults to unexcused until such time as an excused absence may be verified by a parent or emancipated or adult student. See Procedure 3122P for additional information regarding the procedures governing excused absences.  

     

    Unexcused Absences are any absence from school that does not meet one of the criteria above for an excused absence.

     

  • Each full-day unexcused absence shall be followed by a warning letter or telephone call to the parent.
  • At some point after the second full-day unexcused absence and before the fifth unexcused absence, the District will take data-informed steps to eliminate or reduce the student’s absences as specifically set forth in RCW 28A.225.020(1)(c), including all subsections. 
  • After three full-day unexcused absences within any month, a conference with the parent, student, and principal/designee.  If the parent does not attend the conference,  the conference may be conducted with the student and principal/designee. If the parent does not attend, he/she will  be  notified of the steps taken  to eliminate or reduce the student’s absences.
  • Not later than the student’s fifth full-day unexcused absence within any month, the District will enter into an agreement with the student and parents that establishes school attendance requirements, refer the student to a community truancy board, or file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010.
  • No later than the student’s seventh full-day unexcused absence within any month or upon the tenth full-day unexcused absence during the current school year, the District shall file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010 by the parent, student, or parent and student.

    Generally, a student’s grade shall not be affected if no graded activity is missed during an unexcused absence. However, any work due or assigned during an unexcused absence cannot be made up for credit. 

     

    Make Up Work

     

    Assignments and/or activities not completed because of an excused absence or tardiness may be made up in the manner provided by the teacher. A student is allowed one make up day for each day of absence. Failure to punctually complete missed assignments will result in the loss of credit for those assignments. Students should note that not all types of work can be made up (guest speakers, graded class discussions, etc.). Should this type of work occur on a date when a student has an excused absence, the assignment may be excused and not counted in the student’s grade OR an alternative assignment may be provided per the teacher’s decision.

     

    Extended Illness or Chronic Health Condition

    If a student is confined to home or hospital for an extended period, the family and school counselor should work together to arrange for the accomplishment of assignments at the place of confinement, whenever practical. If the student is unable to do his/her schoolwork, or if there are major requirements of a particular course that cannot be accomplished outside of class, the student may be required to take an incomplete or withdraw from the class without penalty and/or make up the course at another time (summer school, another  term, 7th period, etc.). These  plans should be arranged with  the family and administrator. The school team should convene on behalf of a student with an extended illness or chronic health condition that is impacting school attendance and consider any input and recommendations of the student’s medical provider.

     

    Family Access

     

    Family Access provides parents and students on-line access to student information including attendance. Parents and students are encouraged to monitor attendance records regularly using Family Access and contact the attendance office for discrepancies. Family  Access Logon and Passwords may  be obtained in person from  the school registrar. Family Access is available to parents/guardians as well as DCYF case managers.

     

    Attendance Procedures

     

  • Students who become ill at school must check out with the school office.
  • Students who leave class during the school day must be properly checked out through the school office (see 3124 and 3124P). An absence that results from a student leaving class during the school day will be deemed excused or unexcused based on the criteria set forth in Regulation 3122. Leaving class without prior approval and without properly signing out may be cause for disciplinary action.
  • Procedures outlined in the BECCA Bill  will be followed as unexcused  absences occur. See Procedure 3122P.
  • Disciplinary action may be assessed for truancy, however, a student may not be suspended or expelled for absences or tardies.
  • Students are encouraged to contact their teachers via written note to get make up work. Arrangements can be made with teachers to pick up work through the school office. Homework/make up work will not  be gathered for students missing  school  because of personal choice or  truancy.

    Student Records and Information

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

     

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records, which are:

     

    • The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the principal or appropriate school official a written request, identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
    • The right to request an amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s rights of privacy. Parents or eligible students may submit a written request to the principal, identifying the part of the education record(s) they wish to have amended, and the reasons why they believe the record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s rights of privacy. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent or eligible student will be notified of the decision, of his/her right to a hearing under 34 C.F.R. § 99.21.
    • The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

      Students and parents have the right to file a complaint about an alleged failure by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA by contacting the U.S. Department of Education at the following address:

      Family Regulation Compliance Office

      U.S. Dept. of Education

      400 Maryland Ave.  S.W.

      Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

      Release of Student Information

       

      The District cannot disclose personally identifiable student information or education records without the written consent of a parent subject to the following exceptions:

       

  • The District may disclose student information and education records without parent consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. The term “school officials” includes District administrators, supervisors, teachers, counselors, information systems specialists, support or clerical staff members, school board members, or school resource officers. It may also include certain contractors, consultants, service providers, or volunteers, including, but not limited to, attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, service providers, or therapists. A school official has a legitimate education interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to  fulfill his/her professional responsibility;
  • The District may disclose education records to another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student has already enrolled, as long as the disclosure is related to the student’s enrollment or transfer;
  • The District may disclose student information or records to certain organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the District;
  • The District may release student information or records to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • The District may disclose student information or records in connection with a health or safety emergency, as defined by FERPA;
  • The District may disclose directory information, as provided below; and
  • The District may release student information and education records as otherwise permitted or required by law.

    Directory Information

     

    The District may disclose information regarding students that the District has designated as “directory information.”  Directory information is defined as the student's name, photograph, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, diplomas and awards received, and the most recent previously school attended.

     

    The residential addresses of participants in the state Address Confidentiality Program will not be available for release as directory information. Social Security numbers, student identification numbers (with authentication factors such as a secret password or personal identification number) or other personally identifiable information are also not considered directory information.

     

    Directory information may be used for  purposes such as school related fund-raising, publication of a student directory, parent organization mailing lists, school yearbooks and newspapers, commencement programs and publication of honor rolls, and other school information about students in District publications or public media. Information will not be released for commercial  purposes.

     

    Parents have the right to refuse to allow the District to designate any or all of the above types of information designated as directory information for their child. To do so, parents must submit a written request to their child’s school within two weeks of enrollment that identifies the type(s) of information the parent does not want designated as directory information for their child. If the school does not receive a written request by that date, school staff will assume that there is no objection to the information being designed as directory information for their child. Additional information regarding student records may be found in Regulation 3231 and Procedure 3231P.

    Student Conduct and Corrective Action

    Student Conduct Expectations

     

    Students, parents, and school personnel are jointly responsible for expecting and demonstrating behavior that ensures a safe, orderly, and healthy environment for all persons at all times. Students may not behave in a manner that is disruptive to the educational process or that is unsafe for other students, staff, and/or  self. All students are expected to obey the written rules and regulations established for the orderly operations of the District and the reasonable requests, instructions, and directives of District personnel. The term  "District personnel" includes all adults,  including contractors and volunteers, authorized  to supervise student activities. Failure to do so will be cause for corrective action. At all times, this handbook will be read consistent with federal statutes and regulations, state statutes, common law, and rules promulgated by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

     

    For a complete set of all regulations and procedures related to student conduct and corrective action, please see Regulations and Procedures 3240, 3240P, 3241, and 3241P.

     

    District Authority

    Students who involve themselves by engaging  in, attempting to engage in,  and/or conspiring to engage in acts that have a detrimental effect on the maintenance and operation of the school or the District, criminal acts, and/or violations of school rules and regulations, may be subject to corrective action by the school and prosecution under the law. The rules will be enforced by school officials:

     

  • On the school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours;
  • On school grounds at any time when a school is being used by any school group(s) or for a school activity;
  • Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; 
  • Off school grounds if the actions of the student materially or substantially affects or interferes with the educational progress; and
  • In District-provided transportation, or any other place while under the authority of District personnel.

     

    Definitions

     

  • Campus: All areas of any District school (including parking areas and stadium complexes/fields).
  • Classroom exclusion: The exclusion of a student from a classroom or instructional or activity area for behavior violations. Classroom exclusion does not include actions that result in missed instruction for a brief duration when: (a) a teacher or other school personnel attempts other forms of discipline to support the student in meeting behavioral expectations; and (b) the student remains under the supervision of the teacher or other school personnel during the brief exclusion.
  • Corrective Action: Discipline, classroom exclusion, suspension, emergency expulsion or expulsion are all forms of corrective action.
  • Detention: When a student is required to report to a designated area of the school for a specified period of time. Detention may be served before school, after school, or during lunch and includes monitored study hall.
  • Discipline: All forms of corrective action used in response to behavioral violations, other than classroom exclusion, suspension, expulsion, or emergency expulsion.
  • Discretionary discipline: Disciplinary action taken in response to student behavior that violates the District’s rules regarding student conduct, but does not include action taken in response to the misconduct listed in one or more of the categories specified below in the section entitled Suspensions, Expulsions and Exceptional Misconduct. Discretionary discipline cannot include long-term suspension or expulsion.
  • Disruption of the educational process:  Interrupting classwork, creating disorder, or invading the rights of a student or group of students.
  • Emergency Expulsion: An emergency removal from school for up to, but not exceeding, ten (10) consecutive school days from the student’s current school placement by the Superintendent or designee. An emergency expulsion requires the Superintendent or designee to have good and sufficient reason to believe that the student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to other students or school staff or an immediate and continuing threat of substantial disruption of the educational process. An emergency expulsion must end or be converted to another form of corrective action within ten (10) school days from the date of the emergency expulsion from school.
  • Expulsion: A denial of attendance for a period of time up to, but not longer than, the length of an academic term, as defined by the school board, from the time the student is removed from his/her current school placement by the Superintendent or designee. An expulsion may not be for an indefinite period of time and may not be imposed except for the offenses listed below in the section entitled Suspensions, Expulsions and Exceptional Misconduct. An expulsion may include a denial of admission to, or entry upon, real or personal property that is owned, leased, rented or controlled by the District.
  • Length of an academic term: The total number of school days in a single semester, as defined by the school board.
  • Saturday School: When a student is required to report to school on a Saturday from 8am to 12pm for monitored study hall or other activities, including campus cleanup.
  • School Business Day: Any calendar day, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and any federal and school holidays, upon which the office of the Superintendent is open to the public for business. A school business day concludes upon the closure of the Superintendent’s office for the calendar day.
  • School Day: Any calendar day except school holidays on which enrolled students are afforded the opportunity to be engaged in educational activity that is planned, supervised and conducted by or under the supervision of certificated staff, and on which day all or any portion of enrolled students actually participate in such educational activity.
  • School District Property: All property of Issaquah School District, including any District school’s campus, parking areas, stadium complex, and other District property at any time before, during, or after school and at any time when  the school is being used by  any  school group.
  • Suspension: The denial of attendance in response to a behavioral violation from any subject or class or from any full schedule of subjects or classes, but not including classroom exclusions, expulsions, or emergency expulsions.
    • Short-Term Suspension:  A suspension for any portion of a calendar day up to and not exceeding ten (10) consecutive school days.
    • Long-Term Suspension: A suspension that exceeds ten (10) school days. A long-term suspension may not exceed the length of an academic term, as defined by the school board, from the time of the corrective action.  A long-term suspension may not be imposed as a form of discretionary discipline, as that term is defined above, and may not be imposed beyond the school year in which the alleged misbehavior occurs. A long-term suspension may not be imposed in such a manner that causes the student to lose academic grades or credit in excess of one semester or trimester during the same school year.

      Suspension, Expulsions and Exceptional Misconduct

      The District has determined that the offenses and behaviors listed below are all considered “exceptional misconduct.” 

       

      Short-term suspensions may be imposed for any of the following behaviors and for threats of such behaviors, attempts to engage in such behaviors, and conspiracies to engage in such behaviors. Long-term suspensions and expulsions may be imposed for any of the following behaviors and for threats of such behaviors, attempts to engage in such behaviors, and/or conspiracies to engage in such behaviors, when such threats, attempts, or conspiracies adversely impact the health or safety of other students or educational staff.

       

      1. Having a firearm on school property or school transportation in violation of RCW 28A.600.420;

         

      2. Any of the following offenses listed in RCW 13.04.155, including:
        1. any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, including
          1. any felony that Washington law defines as a class A felony or an attempt, criminal conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a class A felony;
          2. manslaughter in the first or second degree;
          3. indecent liberties committed by forcible compulsion;
          4. kidnapping in the second degree;
          5. arson in the second degree;
          6. assault in the second degree;
          7. assault of a child in the second degree;
          8. extortion in the first degree;
          9. robbery in the second degree;
          10. drive-by shooting; and
          11. vehicular homicide, when proximately caused by driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drugs or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner; and
          12. vehicular assault caused by operating or driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner;
            1. any sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, which includes any felony violation of chapter 9A.44 RCW (other than failure to register as a sex offender in violation of 9A.44.132), including rape, rape of a child, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, indecent liberties, voyeurism; a felony violation of RCW 9A.64.020; a felony violation of chapter 9.68A RCW (other than RCW 9.68A.080); a criminal attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit a sex offense; and any felony conviction or adjudication with a sexual motivation finding;
            2. inhaling toxic fumes in violation of chapter 9.47A RCW;
            3. any controlled substance violation of chapter 69.50 RCW;
            4. any liquor violation of RCW 66.44.270;
            5. any firearms and dangerous weapons violation of chapter 9.41 RCW, including having a dangerous weapon at school in violation of RCW 9.41.280;
            6. any violation of chapter 9A.36 RCW, including assault, malicious harassment, drive-by shooting, reckless endangerment, promoting a suicide attempt, coercion, assault of a child, custodial assault, and failing to summon assistance for an injured victim of a crime in need of assistance;
            7. any violation              of chapter 9A.40 RCW, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, and human trafficking;
            8. any violation of chapter 9A.46 RCW, including harassment, stalking, and criminal gang intimidation; and
            9. any violation of chapter 9A.48 RCW, including arson, reckless burning, malicious mischief, criminal street gang tagging and graffiti, and defacing a state monument;

               

      3. Two or more violations of the following within a three-year period
        1. criminal gang intimidation in violation of RCW 9A.46.120:
        2. gang activity on school grounds in violation of RCW 28A.600.455;
        3. willfully disobeying school administrative personnel in violation of RCW 28A.635.020; and
        4. defacing or injuring school property in violation of RCW 28A.635.060; and

           

      4. Any student behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff.

         

        The phrase “student behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff” includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

         

        • Abusive behavior, lewd conduct, harassment and sexual harassment
        • Alcoholic beverages, narcotics, and stimulant drugs
        • Arson
        • Assault, threats, extortion, causing physical injury or damage to school property
        • Criminal acts
        • Dangerous weapons, instruments, & activities
        • Firearms/facsimiles
        • Disruptive conduct, inappropriate dress
        • False alarms
        • Repeated misconduct

           

          Unless otherwise required by law, school administrators are not required to impose a long-term suspension or expulsion for the misconduct listed above, and whenever reasonable school administrators should first consider alternative sanctions.

           

          For student behaviors—including specific offenses contained in Regulation 3240 and Procedure 3240P—that do not fall within one or more of the categories listed immediately above, schools may only impose discretionary discipline as defined in Procedure 3241P and this handbook. Schools may not impose long-term suspension or expulsion as a form of discretionary discipline, but may impose other sanctions up to and including short-term suspension in a manner consistent with Procedure 3241P.

           

          Student discipline, suspension, and/or expulsion will be administered in such a manner as to take into consideration the nature,  severity, and circumstances of  the  violation, the individual circumstances  of  the student, and prior  or  other forms of corrective action that may have been imposed.

           

          In case of short-term or long-term suspensions or expulsions, parents will be notified. Depending on the circumstances of the infraction and the discipline imposed, a suspension/expulsion may begin immediately during the school day, after school, or the following morning. In order to minimize absences from school and depending upon the infraction, in- house suspension/Saturday School may be used as an alternative to out of school suspension.

           

          Any student or parent who is aggrieved by the imposition of corrective action may utilize the procedures in Procedure 3241P for the purpose of resolving the grievance.

           

          Law enforcement agencies shall be contacted for violations of assault; possession, use, or transmitting alcohol or other drugs not prescribed for the individual; arson; possession of a dangerous weapon or weapon facsimile; reporting false alarms; trespassing; abuse and theft as appropriate; and of other criminal activities.

           

          Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Protective Services, may be contacted in cases of abuse or assault. If the  victim is 18 or  older and developmentally disabled,   Adult Protective Services may  be  called.

          Compliance with Rules

           

          Engaging in, attempting to engage in, and/or conspiring to engage in any of the following list of offenses generally describes conduct for which students may be subject to corrective action, but is not intended to be exclusive.  Such misconduct may result in discipline, classroom exclusion, suspension, expulsion or emergency expulsion as set forth in Regulation 3241 and Procedure 3241P.

           

          Alteration of Records  Falsification,  alteration, or unauthorized destruction of  any  school record or any  communication  between home and school is prohibited.

           

          Arson - Knowingly and/or maliciously causing a fire or explosion is prohibited.

           

          Assault - The threatened or attempted use of force or violence upon the person of another is prohibited.

           

          Bomb Threats - Threatening to bomb or damage any public school facility or property is prohibited.

           

          Bullying – Any intentional written message or image - including those that are electronically transmitted, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:

           

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education (for example, substantially interfering with classroom performance, attendance, or pattern of tardiness) or
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

    Burglary - Breaking into a school with intent to steal is prohibited.

     

    Cheating - Intentional deception or the use of unauthorized materials in the preparation or completion of any school assignment, assessment, examination or project, or in the conduct of any school-related activity is prohibited, along with the aiding and abetting of such behavior by others.

     

    Criminal Activity - Commission of any crime on school grounds, or the commission of a crime or other dangerous conduct anywhere that indicates the student’s presence on school grounds poses a danger to other students or staff is prohibited.

     

    Cumulative violations

     

    Dangerous Behavior - Engaging in behavior that a reasonable person would know creates a risk of injury to another individual is prohibited.

     

    Defiance - Students must obey the lawful instructions of school personnel.

     

    Destruction of Property - Defacing, injuring or damaging school property in any way is prohibited.

     

    Discriminatory Harassment - Conduct or communication that (1) is intended to be harmful, humiliating, or physically threatening,  and (2) shows hostility toward  a person or persons based  on their real or perceived sex,  race, creed, religion, color,  national origin, sexual orientation, gender  identity, gender expression, veteran or  military status, disability, or use of a trained dog guide or service animal, is prohibited.

     

    Disruptive Conduct - Willful conduct which creates a disturbance on school premises, at school-sponsored activities, or on District-provided transportation, or that interferes with the educational process, is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

     

  • Occupying a school building or school grounds in order to deprive others of its use;
  • Blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or room in order to deprive others of passing through;
  • Preventing students from attending a class or school activity;
  • Blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus; and
  • Interfering seriously with the conduct of any class or activity.

 

Disruptive Dress and Appearance - Dress and appearance must not present health or safety problems, intimidate others, or cause disruption. See Regulation 3224.

 

Drugs, Alcohol and Mind-Altering Substances - Students shall not illegally use, possess, sell, distribute or be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, mind-altering substances, medication not prescribed to them by a physician and approved in writing by the parent, drug paraphernalia or any item which purports to be such.

 

Explosives - Possession or use of anything tending or serving to explode with force or violence, such as firecrackers, bullets, or pipe bombs, is prohibited.

 

Extortion/Blackmail/Coercion - Obtaining money or property by violence or threat of violence, or forcing someone to do something by force or threat of force is prohibited.

 

False Accusations/Defamation - Students shall not make untrue charges of wrongful conduct or other defamatory statements.

 

False Alarms/Fire Apparatus - Setting off false alarms, discharging or stealing fire extinguisher or damaging alarm systems is prohibited.

 

Fighting - The act of quarreling involving bodily contact is prohibited.  This includes fighting and instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse. Engaging in any form of fighting where blows are exchanged is prohibited, regardless of who initiated the fight.

 

Forgery - The act of fraudulently using in writing the name of another person or falsifying times, dates, grades, addresses or other data is prohibited.

 

Gambling – The act of risking or betting something of value on the outcome of an event, a game of chance, etc. is prohibited.

 

Gang Activity - Students shall not display, reflect, or participate in dress, apparel, activities, acts, behaviors, or manner of grooming that: (a) lead school officials to reasonably believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts or other attributes are gang related and would disrupt or interfere with the school environment, activity or educational objectives; (b) present a physical safety hazard to self, students, staff or others; (c) create an atmosphere in which a student, staff, or other person's well-being is adversely affected by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture or threat of violence; or (d) imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawing, painting, design, emblem upon any school or personal property or on one’s person.

 

Harassment, Malicious - Derogatory action or intimidation of another person in a way that places that person in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property; or disrupts the learning environment is prohibited. See Regulation 3205 and 3207.

 

Harassment, Sexual - Unwelcome or uninvited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, cartoons, innuendoes and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature is prohibited. See Regulation 3205.

 

Hazing - Students shall not participate, conspire to participate, or conspire for others to participate in hazing or harassing acts that injure, degrade or disgrace, or tend to injure, degrade or disgrace other individuals.

 

Inappropriate Display of Affection - Overt displays of affection or sexually-oriented actions that violate standards of acceptable social conduct are prohibited.

 

Inappropriate Language or Conduct - Vulgar, obscene or profane language or conduct, whether spoken, in writing, or in gesture or action, is prohibited.

 

Intimidation - Intimidation of school personnel or other students by direct threat of force or violence is prohibited.

 

Laser Pointers – Use and/or possession of laser points by students in any circumstance not under the direct supervision of a teacher is prohibited.

 

Leaving Campus during School Hours — Students are required to remain on the school grounds from time of arrival unless officially excused. Students involved with approved off campus activities during school hours must have a valid off-campus pass in their possession. Visitations to other schools must be approved in advance by both principals.  See Regulation 3122.

 

Littering - Throwing, dropping, depositing, or discarding of litter is prohibited.

 

Loitering - Loitering in lavatories, parking lots and areas designated off-limits is prohibited.

 

Misuse of Electronic Information Systems - Students shall comply with the Responsible Use Handbook and Procedure 2022P when using electronic information systems such as email, networks, and the Internet.

 

Motor Vehicles on School Property - Use of motor vehicles on school property by students, visitors, and school employees shall be regulated in the interest of safety.

 

Need to Identify Self - All persons must, upon request, identify themselves to school personnel.

 

Repeated Misconduct - A student shall not repeatedly fail to comply with District Regulations or school rules or with reasonable directions of school personnel during any period of time when properly under the authority of school personnel.

 

Robbery - stealing from an individual by force or threat of force is prohibited.

 

Selling Items at School - Only authorized organizations may sell items on school property or at school events.

 

Student Expression - Student expression may not be vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive, be used to cause a substantial disruption of the educational process or interfere with the rights of others. See Regulation 3220.

 

Telecommunication/Electronic Devices – Student use of personal devices shall not be in violation of 2022P and/or building or class rules.

 

Theft - The unauthorized carrying away of the personal property of another person or the property of the District is prohibited.

 

Threats of Violence or to Kill another Person (Including “hit lists”) are prohibited.

 

Tobacco - Tobacco products and delivery devices include, but are not limited to, cigarettes,  cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless  tobacco, nicotine, electronic smoking/vapor devices and vapor products, non-prescribed inhalers, nicotine delivery devices or chemicals that are not FDA-approved to help people quit using tobacco, devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances and any other smoking equipment, device, material or innovation.

 

Any use of such products and delivery devices by staff, students, visitors and community members will be prohibited on all District property, including all District buildings, grounds and district-owned vehicles, and within five hundred feet of schools. Possession by or distribution of tobacco products to minors is prohibited.  See Regulation 4215.

 

Trespassing - Being present in an unauthorized place or refusing to leave when ordered to do so is prohibited.

 

Verbal Abuse - The use of disrespectful or threatening language to school personnel or other students is prohibited.

 

Weapons - Possession, transmission or use  of any object that is  or  reasonably appears to be a  dangerous  weapon or related device is prohibited. Such objects include, but are not limited to: firearms, ammunition, stun guns, air guns, incendiary or explosive devices, clubs, knives with blades  of  at least three (3) inches  in length, or other cutting  or stabbing instruments brought or  possessed with the intent to cause bodily harm, or to instill fear and/or intimidate by their mere presence on school property or at school sponsored events, chemical inhalants, and look-alike items or replicas displayed or represented as real weapons.

 

Pursuant to RCW 9.91.160, Persons over eighteen (18) years of age, and persons between fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) years of age who have written parental permission, may possess personal protection spray devices (i.e., mace or pepper spray) on school property.

 

No one may deliver such a spray device to anyone under fourteen (14), or to anyone between fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) who does not have written parental permission. Personal protection spray devices may only be used in self-defense as defined by state law. Possession, transmission, or use of a spray device under any other circumstances will be treated as a violation of the District’s rule prohibiting  weapons.

Special Provisions regarding Drugs, Alcohol, and Mind-Altering Substances

Students shall not illegally use, possess, sell, distribute or be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, mind-altering substances, medication not prescribed to them by a physician and approved in writing by the parent/guardian, drug paraphernalia,  or any item which purports to be such. Any violation of this provision is deemed exceptional misconduct and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion for a first-time offense.

 

  • 1st offense of any of the above – LTS or expulsion (30-90 days); emergency expulsion; police notified
  • Two or more offenses of any of the above - emergency expulsion, police notified; may result in expulsion from the District

Alternative Consequences for Drug/Alcohol Violations

Alcohol and drug use is a considerable threat not only to those students who are under the influence, but also to those who are innocent bystanders. The District is committed to providing a drug-free environment for all students and maintains zero tolerance for students who violate the District Regulation concerning drugs and alcohol.

 

In an attempt to identify a student’s drug or alcohol dependency or abuse and support students who are using drugs or alcohol in attaining follow-up care or education, the District offers an alternative to a lengthy suspension for those students. Listed below are the expectations and steps a student must follow in converting an emergency expulsion to a long- or short-term suspension or expulsion for drug or alcohol use violations:

 

  • Choose a state certified assessing agency and sign appropriate release forms to:
    • Enable the school to give the assessing agency information that would be useful in making an accurate assessment; and
    • Allow the assessing agency to share information regarding the student’s assessment and ongoing progress with school personnel.
  • Fully participate in a drug/alcohol assessment at the agency.

Upon completion of these steps, the emergency expulsion will be converted to a suspension of not fewer than ten days. Upon returning to school, the student will be expected to follow the recommendation as made by the assessing agency. The school will stay in close contact with the assessing agency to ensure the student is compliant with the recommendations that were made, and will assist the student in remaining drug/alcohol free.

These expectations will be in effect until the completion of the long-term suspension or expulsion (up to 90 days). If the student fails to comply with these expectations, the privilege of returning to school will be revoked and the student will be suspended or expelled as set forth above.

 

Academic Integrity/Honesty Regulation

Academic integrity speaks to a student’s commitment and responsibility to pursue scholarship honestly. It respects the concept that learning is the primary purpose of education, secondary to grades and credits. Academic dishonesty is defined as any action or attended action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for oneself or an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other student. A student shall not attempt to earn credit or receive a grade for coursework (tests, quizzes, assignments, projects, essays) in a manner other than defined as acceptable by each instructor.

 

Academic integrity violations are tracked throughout a student’s high school career (grades 9-12). Academic integrity violations include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Plagiarizing or submitting any part of another person’s work as representing one’s own scholarship.
  • Distribution/sharing of class assignments or test information in either written or verbal form to another student without teacher permission.
  • Unauthorized Collaboration – working with others without the specific permission of the instructor on assignments that will be submitted for an individual’s grade. This applies to in-class or take-home assignments/homework, projects, tests, or labs.
  • Collusion – supporting the lack of integrity/honesty by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another. Collusion also includes the use or sharing of identical or highly similar passages of one’s own work, or the work of another, unless specifically authorized by the teacher.
  • Cheating – using notes or other materials without a teacher’s permission on tests and assignments.
  • Technology Malpractice – any misuse or abuse of private or public technology in relation to grades or in acquiring an academic advantage, including infractions of the school technology user agreement, language translation websites, cell phone messaging or picture transmission.

Students will be required to sign an Academic Integrity/Honesty pledge that acknowledges understanding and commitment to honor this Regulation.

 

Consequences for Violation of Academic Integrity/Honesty

 

The degree or level of violation of the academic integrity/honesty, including specific circumstances, will be weighed in each case. Depending upon the severity of the violation, consequences may be accelerated even for a first time offense.

 

Standard Consequence for 1st violation is:

 

  • Failing grade for the assignment/ test/project
  • Parent contact

Standard Consequence for 2nd violation ranges from:

 

  • Failing grade for the assignment/test/project
  • Parent contact
  • If the same grading period as the first violation: Loss of credit with a failing grade and possible withdrawal from the course, including a reduction and possible rearrangement of the student’s academic schedule
  • Possible short-term suspension
  • Please note – if the course is a graduation requirement, the student will need to take responsibility to make up the course requirement

Violation of Suspension or Expulsion

 

During the period of any suspension or expulsion from school, students shall not enter upon any real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the District without the express prior approval of a building principal or designee.

 

 

Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Non-Discrimination

Safe and Positive Environment

 

The Issaquah School District believes that a safe, civil environment is essential to high student and staff achievement, to the free exchange of ideas central to a quality educational process, and to the development of youth as thoughtful participants in our democracy. Conversely, uncivil conduct, like other forms of disruptive behavior, interferes with a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students.

 

The District’s Regulations on harassment—sexual and otherwise—support our high expectations for proper behavior. Please take a moment to review the summary of these policies. A complete copy of the applicable Regulations and Procedures is available on the District website. See Regulations 3205 and 3205P (Sexual Harassment); 3207 and 3207P (Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying); and 3210, and 3210P (Nondiscrimination).

 

Examples of harassing behaviors include, without limitation: invitations for dates that do not stop when the response is negative; uninvited and deliberate touching or feigned accidental brushing against a person’s body; feigned friendly pats, squeezes, pinches, or other forms of physical contact; standing too close, cornering or stalking a person; using derogatory sexual terms for a person; uninvited letters, phone calls, or gifts; teasing with sexually explicit or suggestive materials in the work place, including “pin-ups” or sexually degrading cartoons posted in the school site; uninvited sexually suggestive looks, constant  leering or ogling, or gestures;  uninvited  sexual teasing, remarks, or questions  regarding an individual’s personal life, which have no relationship to the school environment; and demands for sexual favors in return for grades or other employment or education achievement; disparaging remarks, hazing, pranks, or other intimidating behavior directed toward an individual because of the individual’s race, color, sex, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, physical/personality traits or style, physical, sensory, or mental disabilities, or any other category protected by law.

 

If an individual experiences harassment, an informal or a formal complaint process is available. If the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, there is an appeal procedure.

 

Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

 

If a student feels that he or she is being harassed, intimidated, or bullied because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, the student should immediately report such incidents to a teacher, counselor, or building administrator. A complete copy of Regulation 3207 may be obtained at any school or on the district website at www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

 

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” is defined as any intentional written message or image including those that are electronically transmitted, a verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:

 

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering  with a student’s education (for  example, substantially interfering with classroom performance, attendance, or pattern of tardiness) or
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive  that it creates an intimidating  or threatening educational environment;  or
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Nothing in this section requires the affected student actually to possess a characteristic that is a basis for harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

 

“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act.

 

Conduct that may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation and bullying may take many forms, including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, graffiti, pictures, photographs, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual or group whether electronic, written, oral, or physically transmitted messages or images.

 

Non-discrimination

 

The District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably- discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The District will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.

 

Echo Glen School is located within Echo Glen Children’s Center and abides by Echo Glen Children’s Center facility use processes. Information about Echo Glen Children’s Center can be found at their website.

 

Sexual Harassment

Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on District-provided transportation, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity. See Regulation 3205 and Procedure 3205P.

 

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature. Sexual harassment can occur adult-to-student, student-to-student or can be carried out by a group of students or adults. Sexual harassment will be investigated by the District even if the alleged harasser is not a part of the school staff or student body. The District prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees, volunteers, or third parties involved in District activities or engaged in the authorized use of District facilities.

 

The term “sexual harassment” includes:

 

  • Acts of sexual violence;
  • Unwelcome sexual or gender-directed conduct or communication that interferes with an individual’s educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment;
  • Unwelcome sexual advances;
  • Unwelcome requests for sexual favors;
  • Sexual demands when submission is a stated or implied condition of obtaining an educational benefit; and
  • Sexual demands where submission or rejection is a factor in an academic, or other school-related decision affecting an individual.

A “hostile environment” has been created for a student when sexual harassment is sufficiently serious to interfere with or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to demonstrate a repetitive series of incidents.

 

Discrimination and Harassment Complaints

If you believe that you or your child has experienced unlawful discrimination or harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.

 

Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school District’s Title IX Officer, HIB Coordinator, Civil Rights Coordinator, or Section 504 Coordinator, who are listed below.

 

Title IX Coordinator
Amanda Dorey
5150 220th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-837-7000
doreya@issaquah.wednet.edu
District HIB Coordinator
Stacey Zachau
5150 220th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-837-7000
zachaus@issaquah.wednet.edu  
 
Civil Rights Coordinator
Amanda Dorey
5150 220th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-837-7000
doreya@issaquah.wednet.edu
Section 504 Coordinator
Pam Ridenour
5150 220th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-837-7046
ridenourp@issaquah.wednet.edu

 

The complaint procedure for allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying is in District Procedure 3207P. 

 

The complaint procedure for allegations of discrimination is in District Procedure 3210P.

 

The complaint procedure for allegations of sexual harassment is in District Procedure 3205P.